The CPAC straw poll for the 2024 GOP Party presidential candidate was decisively won on Saturday by former President Donald Trump.
In the survey of over 2,000 CPAC attendees, Trump won 62 percent of the vote, placing him 40 points ahead of the runner-up.
Results of the CPAC straw poll were revealed on Saturday, just before Trump addressed the conservative audience at the Gaylord in Fort Washington, Maryland.
In the straw poll, Ron DeSantis, a Republican governor of Florida, finished second with 20% of the vote. Although he hasn’t formally declared his campaign, many political analysts anticipate DeSantis will do so after the conclusion of Florida’s present legislative session in late spring or early summer.
Trump triumphed in the Saturday straw poll comfortably, as he also did at the CPAC gatherings in Orlando, Florida, as well as Dallas, Texas, last year.
Perry Johnson, a businessman from Michigan who ran for governor of his state, finished third with 5% of the vote.
The only two declared candidates on the ballot, former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley along with Vivek Ramaswamy earned three and one percent of the vote, respectively.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Senator Cruz (R-TX), and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were other candidates in the survey; each garnered 1% of the vote.
Because Trump “knows what he is doing and when he gets in there he will not have to get on-the-job training,” Joseph Belnome, a 47-year-old resident of New Jersey who attended CPAC, said he voted for the former president in the straw poll.
“DeSantis is a capable leader. I think he could make a good president in the future. I don’t believe his time has come yet. I believe Trump ought to complete the task he began there,” Belnome continued.
Former Arizona Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake earned 20 percent of the vote in the straw poll for the vice presidential candidates. DeSantis came in second with 14 percent.